DPDC faces delay in project implementation as Chinese engineers yet to return to works
Chinese nationals fail to manage visa despite DPDC’s insistence
July 14, 2020, 01:11 PM
by UNB News
Publish- July 14, 2020, 01:11 PM
Update- July 14, 2020, 01:18 PM
Although six months have elapsed after coronavirus struck in China, still Chinese engineers and workers could not return to Bangladesh from their homeland causing excessive delay in a top priority project of Dhaka Power Distribution Company Ltd (DPDC).
According to official sources, the DPDC undertook a Power Distribution System upgrading project to improve its network and system in its command area in Dhaka city.
The DPDC signed the contract with the Chinese contractor TBEA in September last year to implement the China-funded Tk 20,500 crore mega project under which 40 substations will be set up in the city while overhead cables of Hatirjheel Lake and Dhanmondi residential areas will be laid underground over the next five years.
Taking overhead cables underground from Jahangir gate in Cantonment to Motijheel is also included in the project.
Under the project, DPDC officials said, about 105 km of all kinds of overhead electric cables will go underground and there will be no cable visible in a certain part of Dhanmondi area that includes Satmasjid Road, Mirpur Road, City College and Greenherald School area.
Officials said all kinds of materials, equipment and system were brought to the country for the Dhanmondi pilot project and everything was ready to start the work.
“But, the coronavirus outbreak has forced us to suspend the programme as the Chinese engineers and workers of the project went back home and are stuck up there for the disease,” said one of the DPDC officials, adding that the project’s work was supposed to start in the first week of January.
Most the Chinese nationals went back home in December last year to spend vacation.
Contacted DPDC Managing Director Bikash Dewan informed they have communicated the matter with the concerned authorities through Power Division to facilitate the return of the Chinese engineers and workers to join the project’s work.
“But until now the concerned Chinese nationals were not able to manage Visa to come back to Bangladesh,” he told UNB.
The DPDC top executive noted that his organisation has been making all out efforts to facilitate the Chinese nationals’ return to Bangladesh as early as possible.
“We’re holding meeting through videoconference with the Chinese contractors and their concerned officials to advance the project’s works, specially, the non-field level works so that after their return, the field works could be promptly started,” he said.
Bikash Dewan said once the project will be implemented, it will play a vital role to improve the power distribution systems and substantially check the unexpected interruption in power supply.